free-thinkers.eu The Enfield Thunderbolt: An electric car before its time
Guest@54.161.77.30 | PATH: /reblog/technology/the-enfield-thunderb...
311

The Enfield Thunderbolt: An electric car before its time

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25117784...

From The BBC online

Enfield Automotive beat rival bidders like Ford for the contract and made more than 100 cars at its works on the Isle of Wight.

With a top speed of 48mph (77km/h) and a range of up to 56 miles (90km), the car was aimed at low mileage urban users, and was expected to supply a much needed boost to Britain's export push.

The vehicle was designed round a chassis of square cross-section steel tubing with panels made of lightweight aluminium.

The car's power came from eight 6V battery monoblocks, and an onboard charger meant it could simply be connected to the domestic mains through a socket in the back.

"The principle was much the same as a modern electric car," according to Radio 4 presenter Peter Curran, who has bought and restored an Enfield 8000.

He says: "It was small, square and squat, but somehow futuristic with a beautiful curving windscreen. It had a cheekiness and came in a variety of colours - red, orange and blue. To the casual observer it looked a bit like a supersized Spangle."

To continue reading click here
http://free-thinkers.eu/post/243

Other recent posts in /reblog/technology...

309

Japanese engineers plan to turn the moon into a giant solar panel station

By Thair Shaikh 28th November 2013 It sounds like a tale from a science fiction novel, but a team of Japanese engineers really is hoping to turn the moon into a giant solar panel. Shimizu, a giant civil engineering and construction firm, plans to install a 'solar belt' around the moon's equator. To be built almost entirely by remote-controlled robots, the Luna Ring would run around the 6,800 mile lunar equator and be 248 miles in width.
304

Decision awaited on genetically modified insect trial

By Victoria Gill 20th November 2013 A UK biotechnology company has applied for permission to carry out the first field trial in Europe of a genetically modified insect. If it receives approval, the company, Oxitec, will carry out a small-scale test of GM olive flies in Spain.

Warning your connection is not encrypted

Please consider using SSL (https://) encryption while browsing free-thinkers.eu. Note we do not pay for our SSL certificate, it is self signed. If you get a warning you can safely ignore it. If using Firefox, consider permanently allowing our certificate in your browser. Click the link to use an SSL connection to this page: https://free-thinkers.eu/reblog/technology/the-enfield-thunderbolt-an-electric-car-before-its-time